Gacrux

(GAY-krux)

Gamma Crucis

Gacrux

Distance (Light Years) 87.9 ± 1.6
Apparent Magnitude 1.59
Color (B-V)1.59

Names For This Star

The name Gacrux is probably a coinage of the American astronomer, Elijah H. Burritt, who published several editions of an astronomical atlas between 1833 and 1856. There word is derived from the name of the constellation, Crux, and the Bayer designation of the star as gamma. The Greek gamma, of course, corresponds to the English "G".

Description of the Star

Gacrus is a cool, red M3.5III giant star about 140 times as luminous as the sun..

Other Designations For This Star


Flamsteed


Hipparcos Identifier (HIP Number)

61084

Harvard Revised (HR Number)

4763

Henry Draper Catalog (HD Number)

108903

Bonner Durchmusterung (BD Number)

CP-56 5272
Smithsonian Astrophysical
Observatory compendium (SAO Number)
240019

Fundamental Katalog (FK5 Number)

468
 

 


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